A Week of Service on Mfangano Island

Originally posted on GGCC Blog:

Praise God for the opportunities the Kenya team has had recently! Here is an update from Greg Lineberger:
  • The Medical Team has seen all 500 of the GGCC students! They have also had great success caring for hundreds of other Suba patients—providing treatment when possible and referring some to Umbita and Tenwek.
  • The pastor’s conference is going very well with around 39 pastors working on translating a tract into Suba right now. They will be receiving their certificates for completion of the training later today (Friday).
  • A group is also visiting several primary schools with great effectiveness for Christ. A second group is ministering to the secondary schools, and this group has already seen 2 teachers and around 100 students respond to the gospel. Teaching on HIV and AIDS was also well received.
  • Yesterday was the dedication ceremony for the high school, with many dignitaries, government members, and chiefs present…

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Final Few Days

Originally posted on GGCC Blog:

We have all made it safely back to Nairobi! We had the typical African experience with the airplane getting off the island – delays being the norm – but at long last we all made it safely here! We are looking forward to a few days of ministry in and around Nairobi, and a nice hot (maybe) shower after dinner tonight. As always, thanks for your prayers!

Greg Lineberger

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Reflections from Monica

Originally posted on GGCC Blog:

Student Picture Nine years ago Monica was facing hard realities on Mfangano Island. As she recounts in her poem below, food was scarce, school was unlikely, and needs were coming from every direction. Yet praise God, in 2003 she found hope at GGCC! In a recent letter she wrote:

I am very happy for what Gethsemane community has made me to be. I have been transformed morally, spiritually, and even academically. I have learned a lot about life and the spirit of fighting on has made me be the person I am today. Each and everyday I tell God to open ways that when I graduate from high school I bring a change in our home.

Here is the poem she also included in that letter–where she candidly recounts the realities she faced before attending GGCC:

Fate in Mfangano Island by Monica

In streets of Mfangano Island
Children yawn and roar in…

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Science says we’re all doomed. Neatypoos.

Originally posted on M J Wright:

We’re all doomed, apparently. A NASA-backed science study says so.

Artists impression of a GRB. Zhang Whoosley, NASA, public domain, via Wikipedia.
Apocalypse: if Earth’s hit by that white beam, we’re dead. D-E-A-D. Dead. Artists impression of a GRB. Zhang Whoosley, NASA, public domain, via Wikipedia.

That’s more credible than stupid ideas about Mayan calendar dates (the world ended on 21 December 2012…didn’t it?) or the teachings of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (world’s end in 2010), or the deranged spoutings of former French pharmacist, Michel de Nostradame (1984 or 1997, depending on how you read it). I could go on…

We don’t have to look far to realise why this happens. Human fear of apocalypse seems universal – and as old as humanity. Stories flow through mythology. It’s cross-cultural; most societies seem to fear sudden destruction of all they know.

Certainly it’s rife today. We have the irrational doom-sayers – the ones who think it’ll happen tomorrow, without warning, let’s…

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Art Attack!

Originally posted on Retcon Poet:

When we
were young and
our unsung dreams were
but a glimmer;

before we made

the jump from
breadcrumb talents to
up-and-comers,

raised by
our mothers to
be as ambitious
with our lovers as we
are with
our callings,

and that
falling apart isn’t
as bad a
crime
as staying down.

When we were
young and
impressionable,

before mental
breakdowns and many
sleepless nights,
bottles of rum when the obstacles
decide to fight back all at once,

we were
taught the
labours of passion and their
eventual metastasis that
would become

our only guiding
light.

Given the
means to survive,
to adapt
and to try
changing the world one great
work at a time, do you accept

or deny this
gift

my
brothers in ink,
sisters of watercolor,
misters on
a microphone,
artists of a
thousand
other
shades?

Consider yourself
cured of prior
doubt;

we have an entire
generation to…

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NASA limits contact with Russian Federal Space Agency

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Due to escalating tension over Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine, NASA has cut off contact with the Russian Federal Space Agency. The order does not extend to Americans on the International Space Station, who will continue to cooperate with Russian astronauts.

The news went out to NASA employees in a memo first reported by The Verge. Space Ref has posted the entirety of the memo, which reads:

“Given Russia’s ongoing violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, until further notice, the U.S. Government has determined that all NASA contacts with Russian Government representatives are suspended, unless the activity has been specifically excepted.  This suspension includes NASA travel to Russia and visits by Russian Government representatives to NASA facilities, bilateral meetings, email, and teleconferences or videoconferences. At the present time, only operational International Space Station activities have been excepted. In addition, multilateral meetings held outside of Russia that may include Russian participation are not precluded under…

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